Parnu deny Barons with incredible comeback

PARNU – The second game of the night came with no less intrigue, as Port of Parnu put up a spectacular comeback effort in the final minutes of the game against Barons kvartals to send it to overtime. The Estonians enjoyed a great five extra minutes and came out victorious, 88-82.

 

Barons had the upper hand in the final quarter, as they steadily built up their small lead, going up by five after one. The Estonians, however, responded well and were on the run, nudging ahead by one point at the break. That was where, as some might have thought, their luck had run out.

Barons kept their opponents quiet for most of the third quarter, allowing just seven points throughout the quarter. While they didn’t burn the nets with their own scoring, it gave them a platform to build on.

With a five point spread on the table, it could have easily gone either way, but Barons were adamant to push the game out of contention. They managed to tally a ten-point lead and looked in strong position to succeed.

However, everything seemed to be going wrong for the Latvians in the final minutes, and a solid nine point advantage they held at the two-minute mark melted quicker than butter on a hot pan. Port of Parnu made EVERY SINGLE SHOT they took, and with 38 seconds on the clock, were already up by one. Davis Zonne made up for his missed free-throws with a three-pointer to bring the lead back to their side. But once again, Parnu did not miss, making both free-throws to send the game to overtime.

Parnu immediately took control in overtime, pushing ahead. The final nail to Barons’ coffin was Teddy Okereafor’s three-pointer, pushing the gap to five. The Latvians could not respond, and faced an unexpected loss.

Vaidotas Volkus and Saimon Sutt led Parnu in scoring with 18 points apiece, but Volkus let a lot of the fans down with his efficiency. He made just 9-of-24 of his shots, including 2-of-5 from the free-throw line and was benched due to five personal fouls. Teddy Okereafor added 16 points and 5 assists, while Edvinas Seskus had 15 to his name. Rannar Raap ended the game with 13.

On the other team, it was two Lithuanians with big performances. Tauras Jogela led the way in scoring with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Denis Krestinin was a beast under the boards. He scored 15 points and broke the season record for most rebounds, with 18. Both Reinis Strupovics and Kristaps Mediss had 12 points to their names.